Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today said that judging by the SNP’s record on policing, they are making it up as they go along.
In the HMICS annual report published today, HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, Derek Penman, summarises the series of challenges that have affected the force over the past year. It is the second report published today that highlights the lack of a clear financial strategy from the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland, after an Audit Scotland report on the annual audit of the Scottish Police Authority's accounts raised fundamental questions over the SPA's financial management.
Ms McInnes said: “Saying Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority have had a challenging year is putting it mildly. The First Minister and Deputy First Minister want to be judged on their record, saying they’ve risen to the challenge of providing a Scottish alternative to difficulties facing our neighbours as a result of the tightening of Westminster purse strings.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Two separate publications today have highlighted the lack of a clear financial strategy from the SPA. We know the single force has not achieved the savings the SNP government said it would. They are making it up as they go along. Not just on policing, but on education, health, the list goes on.”